Cultural & Food Experience of Chinese, Indian & Malay Quarters | La Vacanza Travel

Cultural & Food Experience of Chinese, Indian & Malay Quarters

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Singapore
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Your host is a friendly 4th generation Singapore Chinese Peranakan with a strong passion to share real life experiences about growing up in Singapore since the 70's.

His in-depth experience of the different ethnic neighbourhoods and hawker markets promises an adventure of discovery the vibrancy of the local streets and street food now run by 2nd or 3rd generation family members, the people and the diverse communities. You will be introduced to a wide variety of locally popular street food favourites and get to know better your host and the country through his eyes and life's experiences.

This fun and engaging adventure is for those who want to experience unique traditional street food in the UNESCO inscribed hawker centres located in the ethnic neighbourhoods of Chinatown & Little India. This unique culture has been deeply embedded in the Singapore way of life since the colonial days of early 19th century until today.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Chinatown, Crot Trengganu, Singapore 048942 Singapore

The experience starts off with an exploration of Chinatown where you will get to soak in the sights of the Chinatown neighbourhood. Stories will be shared of it's history capturing the struggles of early Chinese immigrants, their trials and tribulations of making ends meet in a rough neighbourhood filled with vices like opium, gambling, prostitution, and death. These buildings still stand today. Old images will be shown where you will see the quick transformation of Singapore's development from the past to the present day.
We will also be visiting a hawker centre and get to sample locally popular Singapore Chinese street food cuisines, and at the same time experience the local way of life that has been around for the past decades.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Stop At: Little India, Little India, Singapore

In Little India, you will be brought around the area where the vibrancy of colour from street stalls selling fresh fruit & vegetables, flower garland markets, traditional clothing stores, and incense shops will charm your senses. It is due to these trades and other opportunities that had inspired the early Indian community to move from the original Little India near the old seafront, up here where water buffalos used to roam the swampy area.
We will be visiting a hawker market here and get to sample a variety of Pakistani, North Indian & Indian Muslim street food cuisines, and experience the exciting vibrancy of the Indian community having their daily meals here.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Stop At: Kampong Glam, Kampong Glam, Singapore

Over at the Malay Quarter of Kampong Glam, we will be exploring the quaint streets of old. You will learn more about its people and history, especially how this place came to be and that Malay royalty used to rule the island. Be enthralled by the grand Sultan Mosque that still continues to attract Muslims from all over especially during the fasting period of Ramadan where the grounds are transformed into vibrant street markets.
Over here, you will introduced to a dessert at an independently run shop, and at the same time marvel at the colourful graffiti walls that are adorned all over the neighbourhood shophouses.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Soda/Pop
  • Bottled water

  • Gratuities
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travellers with gluten intolerance
  • Not recommended for travelers with dietary restrictions
  • Not recommended for travelers who are vegetarians as experience will be compromised
  • Not recommended for travelers with children in prams or strollers
  • Not recommended for travelers with Personal Mobility Aids / Devices
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Chinatown, Singapore
Traveler pickup is offered
We will advise you further on the location to meet either at your Hotel lobby or MRT Station, so as to enhance convenience to all our guests. If you require hotel pickup, kindly indicate your hotel location. Please take note that it is available for centralised locations in the city only.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


5 hours 30 minutes

User's Reviews


23 Sep, 2023

Gerry is an amazing tour guide! He went out of his way to make everyone comfortable. He is incredibly knowledgeable on the history and culture. And he selected fantastic food options so we all had an opportunity to try many different Singapore staples. I felt like I did Singapore in a day and didn’t miss a thing!


23 Sep, 2023

As a solo traveler, it was challenging to find a small group activity to enjoy during a 36 hour layover in Singapore. I am so glad that unlike many other food and walking tours, Gerry permits individuals to sign up (most other tours required a minimum of two people as a "group"). From pick up at my hotel until Gerry ushered me into a cab that would return me there, the experience was outstanding. Along with four other guests (attendees at a medical conference), Gerry provided us with engaging and well-informed details about life in Singapore past and present as we visited various sites, often highlighting changes by sharing archival photographs of the spots on which we stood. I expected "tastings" (small bites), but in both Chinatown and Little India, Gerry provided us with enough food (varied and all delicious) to make up two full meals--followed by dessert in the Malay district. I cannot recommend Gerry--and this tour--highly enough.


22 Sep, 2023

This was an incredible introduction to Singapore to get to know the food, heritage, culture, sights, arts and how to navigate the MRT etc. Great chat, stories and a great group of people bought together by Gerry and his hospitality. Highly recommend this tour. So much food and was great to see all three districts at a nice pace where Gerry takes you to some hidden gems that only a local can share.

Sasa Z

10 Sep, 2023

Outstanding and highly recommended. Gerry is an excellent guide. Very informative tour covering Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Gelam and giving you a great look on historic and contemporary Singapore


09 Sep, 2023

The food tour lasted five hours, the food was great and Gerry gave us historical information and showed us pictures of what Chinatown and little india looked like in the past. It was worth it, Gerry was great!!

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Singapore in a Day!!


A perfect way to spend a day in Singapore


This tour is a MUST DO


I had a great time!


Food, education and fun


Must do tour in Singapore!!


Good experience


This is a MUST DO!!


Fun and informative day


Great experience for local food and know about the mix culture in Singapore


Great way to savour Singapore


This tour is a must! Book now, you will not be disappointed.Gerry is a dream guide and we experienced and learned a lot!




Great tour


Best tour of art, history and supporting local culture


A “must do” - the highlight of my Singapore visit!


A journey in to worlds, cultures and cuisines that are beyond comprehension… Spectacular! This tour is a must!


Gerry was an amazing...


A night to never forget


Brilliant Foodie Tour in Singapore.


Excellent cultural tour


Educational and Delicious!


Ask for Gerry Tan. He is a knowledgeable foodie.


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